In appreciation of Cornerstone Courier Team – unto the uttermost part of the earth in Cambodia
1-5 December 2016
When I heard that Cornerstone Church Singapore would be sending a “Courier Team” to Solomon Independent School, my first thought was that the Church might want to donate used clothes, old shoes, toys and leftovers through the services of DHL Courier. Thank God, things turned out even better. The Church sent a team of 13 members to the school instead. They arrived on 1 December 2016 by plane – not DHL Courier – and came in obedience to God’s calling to bless our children, pray for the sick, minister to the poor and needy and share the Gospel in Cambodia.
The Courier Team ministered, first and foremost, to the children of Solomon Independent School, through lively and meaningful activities. Parents and children were invited to celebrate Christmas together in school, where the Gospel was widely preached. We also had a wonderful time of fellowship with the local youths. The team further divided themselves into four groups and dispersed to visit many villages, giving out rice and dry rations as love-gifts. Our Cornerstone Couriers brought the Love and Blessings of the Lord to the doorsteps of the young and old, the poor and needy, the ailing and the lost. The sick received prayers of healing in Jesus’s name, and the Gospel was shared to many families.
We appreciate very much the video posted by Joanne, which presents a beautiful picture of the eventful time that the team spent with our School.
6-9 December 2016
Together with three Cambodian Pastors – Pastors Kea, Mok and Rom – Team Leader Luke and I extended our trip to Kampong Preah An, situated by the Mekong river, facing Laos. It took us several hours to arrive at the three villages there. The villagers were invited to assemble by the Mekong river, where we distributed rice and other rations. There, I supported Luke who was preaching by the Mekong river, in the footsteps of Christ preaching at the sea of Galilee. About 190 villagers from the three villages gathered to celebrate Christmas as one. Many came, and were given physical and spiritual food; many prayed the sinner’s prayer and received Jesus into their lives.
Our new believers soon faced some persecution: they were barred from drawing water from the well owned by non-believers. And so upon our return to Singapore, with the Church’s blessing and under Luke’s leadership, a sum of USD1,000 was raised immediately from Luke’s cell group. The money was sent over and has been used to build a new well – where ALL who thirst can come and draw the Living Water from the well. I believe the well-water must taste especially good, since Pastor Kea has just received requests from two other villages, Kampong Poh and Commune Selaumi, for us to build similar wells for them.
Before the trip, I questioned why I was signing up for mission trip. I felt in my heart that was time for me to go for missions. Miri was not my first choice, however, as I was praying, God brought that to mind. He reminded me that if I do not go then who will; for the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. I am really glad that I obeyed God and I have no regrets going. It changed my perception and I learned how to see from the heart of the Father and learning to see from His perspective.
The trip was held at a village called Rumah Ampik where helpers come from Cornerstone Singapore, Cornerstone Miri and BEM Cornerstone (Borneo Evangelical Missions). Most of us from Singapore did not know Bahasa Melayu so the other two churches helped as translators for us, and the youth camp coordination. I felt the Lord telling me that He loves this place and He wants pour His Love on this people here in the village during one of our trips to visit the campsite before the youth camp began.
Throughout the camp, when Pastor Sabrina preached about vision and action, I was so happy that almost all of the children have dreams of what they want to be in the future. Pastor Sabrina asked them to write down their vision and action plan in the paper to remember what they dreamed to do. Truthfully speaking, I was really blessed to be part of this mission trip because not only did we give, but we also received much from the trip itself. During the last night of the camp, kids were testifying of their dreams. One of the children name “Jane” wanted to become an evangelist when she grows up and another wanted to become a worship leader. There were many more testimonies of the dreams of children wanting to go into ministry!
As I looked back, I believe God has a lot more in store for us and He wants to see us walking in deeper intimacy with Him, stretching our faith. He wants to do a work of acceleration in our lives and bring us to a place where we desire to come to a place of full maturity in Him!
Our team of 7 members, began our mission adventure to Sri Lanka on 19th Nov 2016. For this trip, we were heading back to visit Shalom Home, in Maskeilya, where 5 of our fellow members had the opportunity to visit the year before. Hearing stories and anecdotes from these 5 members who had been to the girls’ home stirred up a sense of excitement and expectation in our spirits.
After a 4-hour journey from Colombo, we reached Shalom Home, nestled among the tea plantations. We were greeted by the girls who were eagerly anticipating our arrival – they presented us with fresh flowers, warm hugs and their brightest smiles. Later, they treated us to a performance of Sunday School Songs with actions that they had learned a year ago. It was a heartwarming feeling to know that they remembered what was previously taught! It reminded us of the verse in Matthew 21:16 – “Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise”. The praises that came out of these children’s mouths was indeed of joy and praise to our heavenly Father!
During this time, we also had the opportunity to witness the love of Christ to a woman who was seeking refuge and shelter for her 3 sons due to family circumstances. Our team leader, Christopher, and Adrena ministered to her about the love of Christ and led her to Christ through the sinner’s prayer. As we had brought bags and clothing from Singapore to bless the girls, we offered some of these for her and her children. She was overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude, and mentioned later that she had never felt such love before. It reminded us of the command in the bible to take care of the fatherless, orphans and widows as in Psalm 83:3 – to defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Before she left the home, we reminded her to always fix her eyes on Christ and that God was her Jehovah Jireh, who will always protect and provide for all of her family’s needs. With the help of the supervisor of Shalom Home, we arranged 2 weeks’ provisions for her family from a nearby grocery store.
Projects at the home included painting a room that had been converted into a study room, teaching the older girls how to use the computer, and to sew with the new sewing machine from our project fund. We were also tasked with the opportunity to teach the older girls life skills such as budgeting. After the lesson, we brought them on a trip to the grocery store where we divided them into groups and accompanied them to purchase items from a shopping list. Through this experience, we hope to have helped instill the value of money to the girls which will be beneficial to them in future. The shopkeeper even treated us to free drinks when they found out that the girls were from the home!
We ministered to the kids through activities such as bible stories, games and craft. It was a joy to see the girls’ faces light up with delight as we engaged with them. One takeaway that we had learnt as a team was the beauty of simplicity – it didn’t take much for the girls to express their joy. On a particular night during the trip, we pumped balloons to entertain the little ones, and soon they were laughing and running around with one another in excitement and popping all the balloons! It was very reassuring and a joy for us to hear from the matron of the home, that after every bible lesson, the girls would share with her what they had learnt. What a great comfort this was as Proverbs 4:21 reminds us not to let the commandments of God escape from our sight and to keep them within our hearts.
Throughout the trip, we were blessed by the girls at Shalom Home, and we could see how they were ever passionate for Jesus. From our conversations with them, we found out that some of these girls wanted to be pastors in their future vocation. During one of the sharing sessions, we gave them the task of praying for one another and it was evident that they were prayer warriors as we witnessed them interceding for each other through the prayer list that they had made. Their zeal for Christ stirred within our hearts.
Being part of missions is indeed a joy and privilege as we are the salt and light of the earth and the world for Christ. This trip has indeed reminded us to continue to show the immeasurable love of Christ to his beloved children, and in return, we were blessed by the simple faith and actions of the girls from the home. We are indeed blessed to be a blessing to these girls and to others!
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
As we gathered at the airport to pray before our departure to Marikina, Isaiah 60:1 was given from the Lord to us. Upon hearing that, we could see that the Lord’s hand was upon us as we headed out into the mission fields. This verse spoke to many of us, especially for me as it builds up our confidence and strength to reach out to the lost souls in Philippines even more.
Day 1— After landing in Philippines, we met up with Pastor Kathy (PK) and her team who showed us to our accommodations. That evening, we got to minister to the “surrenderees” (drug addicts who turned themselves in to the government). Being led by the Lord to prepare on a topic just a day before we departed, I stood out in faith and shared my testimony as I felt it was for them. It was also my first time sharing and I did not know what to expect. However I could feel the peace of the Lord within me and the message was delivered smoothly! The Lord also led Ann to share a message on true repentance, and we saw around 20 decisions for Christ that night. Even the police officers responded! We also got to pray for everyone individually.
Day 2— The team started off the day heading to the provincial prison, where we held a Christmas celebration service for the detainees. We organised a concert for them and played charades with them. They had so much enthusiasm that they literally ran to the stage even before we described the game! Darren and Joshua also shared their testimonies with them.
Later in the afternoon, we went to a village for “Porridge Patrol”, where we gave out food to young children. As we drove into the village, it started to rain heavily, but we proceeded to set up for our outreach. Miraculously, as we started to worship, the rain stopped! After worship, we also taught them a song about the Holy Spirit and performed a skit on Jesus saving us from the devil and sin! Thereafter, Shawn and Hannah shared her testimonies with the kids and we ended with prayer and food! This was an eye opener for me because I was amazed by how a service could be held in the open with just two shelters, a speaker, a microphone and a guitar. It took me a while to soak in the environment and how blessed we are on every weekend services.
Day 3 — The team headed out to the old folks home for a Christmas program, but before the program, we were allowed to walk around the compound and talk to some of the elderly, even praying for them. During the Christmas program, it was a joy to see some of the elderly putting up a dance for us, and later on, Beth shared a message about being fruitful in old age and Angeline shared her testimony. We distributed a mid-morning meal for the elderly and had a clothes giveaway. Later in the afternoon we came back to minister to the staff where we played some games, and performed a skit for them. Stanley also shared a message about being joyful in circumstances.
Day 4 — While praying in the morning, we got words from the Lord regarding “new grounds” and salvations. We headed out to the Boys’ Home, where we sang a Tagalog worship song (Mahal na Mahal Kita Panginoon) and Counting on God, with the chorus translated to Tagalog. We included actions for the boys, as they loved to dance. We then put on a skit about being special in God’s eyes, and Darren shared his testimony and gave a salvation call. We saw around 40 kids who raised their hands for salvation and we got to pray for all of them individually.
Later, we found out from Tontie (our host) that he had not met most of the boys before as they were relatively “newer” and so may have not had the chance to know Jesus yet. While we initially thought that the word about “new ground” was referring to a new home where PK and her team were just given permission to minister to that week; later we found out that we would not be able to visit the new home on our trip. It turned out that the prayer for “new ground” and salvations was linked and was pointing to these boys! Indeed God never fails!
Day 5 — On Sunday, we attended the Cornerstone service and had a great time of worshipping God as one body, followed by a sermon by PK. After the main service, we had a youth fellowship with the youths (Geners). We played some games, had lunch together, and then we had a time of worship. Shawn shared about the dreams and burdens that the Lord has placed in each of us and led us in an activity in which the Geners took post-its and wrote down their dreams and prayer requests and then pasted them on the floor. We all corporately prayed over the dreams and then challenged the youths to take home someone else’s post-it to keep praying over it. While praying, we received the word “run fast” and “acceleration” and prayed it into the group. Tontie then mentioned that acceleration is actually the group’s theme for the season. We also got to pray for each Gener individually.
Day 6 — As we left with a heavy heart, we bid goodbye and prayed for each of the staff at Marikina. It was indeed a memorable mission trip and even more so for me, given that it was my first mission trip. During the trip, there were many times that the team did not know if our sharing was appropriate. However, outreach after outreach, we have been hearing stories of how our sharing spoke to them in the midst of everything that they were facing. It is indeed encouraging and we could see that the Lord’s anointing is upon us!
The team had such big hearts that I believe we should all yearn for each and every day. Their personal testimonies will definitely be always remembered and will be eagerly waiting to see them when they visit Singapore!
Team PHI 15 and the staff from Marikina (Tontie and Ate Avic)
Our mission team, consisting of 12 people, went to Yogyakarta, Indonesia from the 2nd to 7th of December. We ministered in LivingStone Church and Buah Hati Orphanage Pastoral Home. Many of us were going to the mission field for the first time; we were nervous yet excited and went with expectancy of what God was going to do in our time there.
The Singapore team arrival at Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport on Day 1(2 Dec)
On 2 Dec evening (Day 1), we went to Buah Hati Orphanage Pastoral Home, where the meetings, with the exception of the main service, were held. Our team leader, Angel, shared on prayer during their prayer meeting.
Our short interaction with the children on the first evening after prayer meeting
Our young adults interaction on first night
On 3 Dec morning (Day 2), we visited a bakso shop that was opened by a couple serving in the church, Wahyu and Anya, and Pastor Sister-in-Law, Elly. Our visit was a divine appointment because the owners were experiencing a spiritual attack on them and the shop as they felt worry, headaches and laziness despite the shop opening a month ago. The business had suddenly worsened and they have been having strange things happening in the shop house. There were suspicions that it was the work of black magic, a common occurrence in Jogjakarta. As we worshipped and declared His Lordship over the shop, joy came over Aunty Elly first. After doing a prophetic act, we declared words of multiplication, a hedge of protection, evangelism, peace and prosperity. The shop owners joined hands in prayer as our team leader narrated an open dream of multiplication to them and Matthew anointed them with oil, after which, Jasper presented them a seed offering from the team. Everyone was flowing with the Spirit; be it in worship, prayers or releasing prophetic visions.
Male owner was convicted and knelt down followed by his wife
The miracle happened right after we left; a lady had walked into their shop. The owners had just seen us off and had not cleared the tables, so they told the lady they were not open for business yet. However, the lady insisted that she wanted to order food and she was ok to take the food that was leftover but was still fresh; this is the first order. In the evening when both owners left the shop to attend our children party in the night, it was reported that there are 3 cars of guests coming to their shop. 1 car had parked far away and walked to their shop in order to have a meal. This had never happened before since their shop opening! On the same day after we prayed for the shop, even though it was opened for 4 hours, they made an income of 218 thousand rupiah; the highest they had since the spiritual attack! It’s a testimony that the spiritual heaviness in the shop was lifted. The next day during Sunday service, they gave testimony of the good report and the team, together with the owners, sealed the testimony by the blood of Jesus. On Monday, which is a full day of operations for the shop, the owners reported that even though they wanted to close shop at 10pm, there were still queues forming so they could only close the shop at 12am, earning 320 thousand rupiah that day! To Jesus, be the glory!
Owners joined hands in prayer as team decree multiplication
On the same night, we had a children’s party. Our mission team did a skit on the Prodigal Son. Aloysius, who acted as the prodigal son, came forward and shared about our identity in Christ. We went around praying for the kids and ministering the Father’s love to them by hugging them.
Playtime and the children enjoying their goodie bags
The Singapore team praying for the children
On Sunday morning (Day 3), we attended their main service. One of our team members, Matthew, shared a sermon on Hope. During the altar call, Aloysius was praying for a man and felt that he was not a believer yet. He led him in the sinner’s prayer and was saved that very day. Praise God! The next day, the man contacted the church and asked to be water baptised!
Singapore team ministering to the members during altar call
On 5/12 (Day 4), we did our first home visit near Mount Merapi. Weny’s husband had left her and refused to support her, leaving her to raise her two children singlehandedly. We prayed for financial provision and for her to thank God for the little things He has given. We shared visions and dreams regarding the sovereignty of God and the need to trust in His goodness. While ministering to her, Weny felt hope and joy rising within her, and we did a prophetic act by bringing her 2 children back to her again and affirmed to her that Christ in us, the hope of glory, and she should have hope as her 2 children are her hope for the future .
During our 2nd house visit, we met a family who was in debt. The mother, pressed for money, borrowed from their local money lender who charged exorbitant interest rates (similar to our loan sharks in Singapore). The family is on the run and her husband had rejected all his emceeing gigs due to fear and shame. Our team leader, prompted by the Holy Spirit, discerned that the lady’s act was not in submission to her husband and confronted her. Eventually, she was convicted and repented; the spirit of fear of lack and self-reliance was broken. She humbled herself and sought forgiveness from God and her husband. They reconciled and we prayed for wisdom to manage their finances to clear their debt. During our fellowship, we learned about their talent in music and their desire to serve in worship in church. A member in our team, Jie Hui, confirmed it through a vision she had. After encouraging the husband through a prophetic act, we left the family knowing that the family had received hope and joy!
On 6/12 our 5th day of ministry, we made an impromptu trip to our driver’s home. We only found out the day before that his daughter was diagnosed with brain tumour. His family were not believers and we saw this as an opportunity to share Christ with them.
We found out that his daughter’s head hit the ceiling when she was 5 years old and felt it was due to stress and anxiety that a tumour eventually developed in her head. A team member, Rystine, shared her testimony. She had a fall when she was younger and had epilepsy later on in her teens. She was healed after attending church. The daughter had pain at the back of her neck, where the impact was at 5 years old, hence confirming our hypothesis.
We declared victory over the sickness and His Name over the house. We found out that they have consulted the witch doctor thrice and hence, our team leader did healing and deliverance with the daughter. Shortly after, the black patch on the back of her neck began to fade. Even though she was still dizzy, she recounted feeling joy bubbling inside of her!
On our final night on 6/12 (Day 5), Jasper preached on the power of praise and worship as a spiritual warfare weapon. In the midst of the religious unrest against the Christians in Indonesia, we declared God’s plan for this nation. The Holy Spirit led us all to kneel down and cried out for the salvation of their nation because we believe repentance precedes revival in the nation. What a glorious night when the youths cried out in repentance for the sins of the land and the heavens were ‘shaken’, the word that Pastor daughter Sis Raissa received on 7/12 early morning when we were departing to airport for home .
Jasper preaching in youth service
This trip has been an eye opener for me despite it being my 2nd time to Indonesia. God has certainly moved powerfully in our short time here. There has been much unrest and shakings in this nation against the Christians, especially in the capital. No matter how bleak the news seem to report regarding Indonesia, we strongly believe in its destiny and calling in God.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Indeed, whatever that was meant for evil, God can turn for good in the land of Indonesia. God is not done with Indonesia, until the day she reaches the fullness of her calling.
Our final farewell photo shoot with Pastor’s family after the youth service as we have to catch an early morning flight on 7/12 .
In the months leading up to the trip, the team felt that God wanted to break through in the lives of the people of Guangxi. Thus, we decided on the theme “超越”, or “transcend”, for the youth camp that would be held from 4th to 6th August. We believed that God is going to bring greater breakthroughs in the lives of His people in Guangxi and set them free, transcending above their circumstances, their limits and to step into the destiny and calling that God has prepared for them.
Right from the start, God dared us to believe for more; to dare to dream of bigger things even as God brought about a miraculous increase in attendees, bringing the total number of campers to approximately 70, almost double that of the previous year’s. This was an outcome none of the team members had thought possible, but God is truly a God of the impossible. The youth camp was held over a period of two and half days, consisting of 5 sessions and various other activities. The 5 sessions were anchored by both members of the team as well as two local leaders.
Throughout the 5 sessions, the Word given by God impacted the youths as they learned to be secure in their identities as beloved children of God. They contemplated their motivations even as they grabbed hold of dreams which were once broken, but now restored by God. The last day of camp had a particularly powerful time of worship, as God’s thick presence fell upon the room and many had a personal and intimate encounter with God. Moreover, testimonies poured forth every night, especially on the last day of camp, greatly encouraging both the local body and the team.
The camp was largely headed and organized by the local team of leaders, a first for them. We had the privilege of seeing how God had raised them up and brought them into greater areas of ministry and responsibilities; we are anticipating for more!
*images have to be blurred for the safety of the congregation
In our time of preparation for the trip, God also impressed upon our hearts to reinforce the lessons of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that were taught to the kids in Sunday School. Hence, we decided to use the “Fruits of the Holy Spirit” as the theme of the children’s camp which was held during the second week of our trip.
The children’s camp was held over 3 days, with praise and worship, lessons and worship art as well. The lessons were taught by different members from both the Singapore team and the local church. It was accompanied by either a game or craftwork to reinforce their learning. We also had a live skit at the start of each day to exemplify the fruits of the Spirit in practical daily situations that the kids would be able to understand.
On the second day, we had a few kids coming up to share their testimonies followed by a salvation call. What an amazing joy it was to see many kids coming forward to give/rededicate their lives to Jesus! Among the 41 children attending the camp, 11 were newcomers of which 10 accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior for the very first time!
Another memorable segment was worship art, where we would play some soaking music in the background at the end of the day while we encouraged the children to draw on a piece of paper what God is speaking to them. Throughout the 3 days, we witnessed how God spoke to the children. By the third day, even some of the newcomers who did not know what to write/draw initially now had so much to write/draw.
Throughout the camp, the children displayed such hunger for the Word of God. Even as we taught on the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we ourselves were inspired by the earnest desires for the things of God. Members of the team who had been to Guangxi previously were also particularly encouraged by the growth that they see in some of the older children and how they’ve come to a greater level of intimacy in their walk with God.